About

Self-portrait

I live in the Pacific Northwest and love to shoot photos. I’m also very fond of post processing via Photoshop, the NIK Collection of filters, and the Topaz Labs plug-ins.

I’m a retired technical writer, an aging computer nerd (and active webmaster), and a doting grandmother. I’m confined to a wheelchair due to severe arthritis and take all my photos from a sitting position. I find this limitation inspiring in the same way that being limited to 17 syllables inspires a haiku poet.

My other hobby is screenwriting, which also has inspiring limitations.

I avoid being in front of the camera. I just don’t like pictures of myself. I took the above self-portrait in a Seattle hotel when I noticed a dome mirror overhead. You can see me — in pink, of course, my favorite color — pointing my camera straight up into the mirror. Look a bit more closely, and you can just see the wheels of my wheelchair on each side. A Topaz Labs psychedelic filter completes the conversion from reality to illusion, which I love to do. (You’ll see it often in my photos.) This is my favorite picture of myself.

For the gear geeks:

  • Nikon D80 camera (it’s old and out of date, but it’s so comfortable, it’s like a third hand to me)
  • Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens (my everyday lens)
  • Sigma 50mm f/2.8 DG EX AF macro lens (I prefer this over the Nikkor 18-35mm below; especially the macro feature)
  • Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens (I don’t use this one much)
  • Mcoplus Extnp Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Nikon